What Is Uveitis?

ophthalmologist examines a woman who complains of a burning sensation and pain in her eyes At the Longwood Eye and LASIK Center of Massachusetts, we are available to new and returning patients in our practice who have concerns regarding their eyes or vision. When patients present at our office with complications such as eye pain, redness, and decreased vision, we will evaluate them to determine the cause of the problem and provide them with a definitive diagnosis. If you or someone you love is struggling with these symptoms, it may be a condition known as uveitis. Our doctors are here to educate you on this condition and when it might occur, as well as what can be done to address the symptoms and treat the problem at hand. With a definitive diagnosis, you can work with your doctor to discuss treatment options that can improve and eliminate the condition.

What Is Uveitis?

Uveitis is described as inflammation of the uvea, which is the central layer of the eye. It can affect any part of this layer, including the iris (the colored portion of the eye), the ciliary body (which controls how your eyes adjust to focus on different distances), and choroid (which provides nourishment for the retina).

What Can Cause Uveitis?

Uveitis can be caused by a number of factors, such as infections, autoimmune disorders, inflammatory diseases, or injury.

How Do I Know if I Have Uveitis?

Symptoms of uveitis may include:

  • Redness in one or both eyes
  • Irritation
  • Changes in vision clarity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Floaters (dark spots developing in the field of vision)
  • Eye pain and discomfort

How Is Uveitis Treated?

Treatment for uveitis depends on the cause but typically includes:

  • Prescription medications such as corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Laser and light therapy
  • Surgery

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you suspect you may have a condition such as uveitis, speak with your eye care provider right away for diagnosis and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent permanent damage to your vision. If you reside in the communities of Fitchburg, Springfield, Gardner, or Greenfield, MA, and want to speak to our doctors about this or other eye and vision concerns, connect with our team today by calling 1-800-676-5050 and schedule a visit.


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